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6 soldiers arrested, 3 at large in connection to “misconduct”


Six serving members of the Gambia National Army have been arrested at different times last and 3 others are at large, army spokesperson Major Lamin Sanyang told Kerr Fatou.

Sanyang said the soldiers’ arrest is in connection to allege misconduct and indiscipline. But the army is still investigating to establish the full details.

Sanyang however said the 3 others who are at large have not ran away with weapons they were reportedly carrying.

While other media reports indicated the arrested soldiers were at a guard post in Brufut, The Point newspaper has quoted an anonymous source on Monday indicating the 6 were arrested at Fajara Barracks.

Sanyang did not specify what the soldiers may have been involved in. The army did not reveal their identities either.

Since the regime change in the Gambia in 2016 which brought President Adama Barrow to power, there has been suspicion between the populace and the army.

This is largely due to the allege atrocities associated with the military during the dictatorship. Last week, a couple of soldiers were sentenced to several years to prison on charges of an attempted coup.

Meanwhile, the army spokesperson has told Kerr Fatou that General Alagie Martin has been sent on an administrative leave because of his connections to several atrocities under the former ruler Yahya Jammeh.

Martin was implicated in several incidents of torture meted at both seniors military officers and civilians perceived as enemies by former dictator.

Before the TRRC on Thursday, Martin confessed to torturing Sanna Sabally, Sadibu Hydara and Lt. Colonel Babucarr Sanyang, among others. The army spokesperson said the decision to send Martin on leave was recommended by the Justice Ministry since May.

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